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8. A Philosopher in Everytown

Philosophy can seem the most cerebral and abstract of disciplines. So what would happen if a philosopher stepped out of his study and ’embedded’ himself in an ordinary (but unfamiliar) community in his own country and tried to work out whether the English people have anything which could reasonably be called a philosophy? That’s exactly […]

Continue Reading · 14 March 2008 · history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy

6. Discovering Our Inner Ape

What aspects of our human character do we inherit from our fellow primates? Until recently, the answer would have been ‘all the bad bits’. Footage of chimpanzees killing their own kind influenced the view in the popular imagination that ‘killer’ and ‘ape’ were virtual synonyms. (more…)

Continue Reading · 10 January 2008 · podcasts, science and philosophy

1. Lost Continents, Deep Space… and Lasagne

“The four-dimensional complexities of our happy little planet – “earth’s immeasurable surprise” – are made elegantly accessible by Ted Nield in this truly exceptional book. At least until the next major discovery it deserves to become the standard work, ideal for students of the subject, and hugely enjoyable to those for whom the world remains […]

Continue Reading · 31 October 2007 · podcasts, science and philosophy